The first Europeans to reach DeSoto Parish were probably the Spanish.  In 1795 Pedro Dolet established a settlement at Bayou Adayes. DeSoto Parish (named for the explorer) was created in 1843 from Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish.

1850 , LA Census

(transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

DeSoto Parish

HH 458/458 Jesse COMBS 35 M planter 700 LA
Sarah 42 F LA
Melissa 4 F LA
Elizabeth 2 F LA
Larriss? LAFITTE 19 M LA
Ramey? LAFITTE 17 M LA
Fransor LAFITTE 16 M LA

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